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Title: Solar Power. Policy Overview and Good Practices

As global electricity demand increases, governments are designing and implementing policies to scale up and catalyze renewable energy, which now meets 22% of global electricity demand (REN21 2014). Solar technologies are a critical component of this expanded deployment, and they have experienced unprecedented growth in recent years. As presented in Figure 1, solar prices have decreased significantly over the last decade (REN21 2014) and in 2013, new capacity installation of solar electricity from photovoltaics (PV) 1 surpassed all other renewable energy technologies worldwide—excluding hydropower—with 39 gigawatts installed that year. Concentrating solar thermal power,2 although it still represents a fairly nascent market, also continues to expand as installed capacity increased by 36% in 2013 compared to 2012. In addition to meeting energy demand in an increasingly cost-effective manner, solar deployment can also support critical economic, social, and environmental development goals (Flavin and Hull Aeck, n.d.).
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  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Booth Clean Energy LLC, Denver, CO (United States)
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY solar policy; photovoltaics; good practicies; international; policy overview; policy paper; case studies; renewable electricty standards; feed-in tariffs; auctions; tendering; solar investment and production tax credits; private investment in solar